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There has been a mixed response from the early years sector to Ofsted's proposals to increase the frequency of inspections for weaker settings and replace the grade of 'satisfactory' with 'requires improvement'.
In future, early years settings will have four years to reach a good grade or face being closed down by Ofsted.
In the concluding part of her inspection series, Laura Henry explains how setting managers should adopt a holistic approach to ensure that staff perform to the very best of their ability.
Completing the new Self-Evaluation Form is no mean feat, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School in Essex.
Laura Henry describes how careful preparation and a strong understanding of the Ofsted inspector's role and the procedure to be followed will 'help the inspector to help you'.
Local authorities will no longer have a role to improve quality in early years settings, leaving the future of the work of early years authority advisers and their teams unclear.
The Government is urging the early years sector to respond to an online consultation which will inform its review of how regulation for childcare providers is enforced.
Local authorities are set to lose their early years quality improvement role, as Ofsted becomes 'the sole arbiter of quality in the early years', in the Government's 'More Great Childcare' shake-up.
Under the new regime inspectors will be keen to see that parents are welcomed, respected and well informed, as this relationship is key to children's progress, says Laura Henry.
No official records are kept on the number of deaths, serious injuries and accidents that occur while children are in nursery or other childcare settings, a Nursery World investigation reveals.
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